Approval helps the company to assure worker safety, operational efficiency and environmental stewardship
Lloyd’s Register has re-certified Wessex Water against the BSI Publicly Available Specification 55 (PAS 55-1) during a rigorous process of assessment that covered the asset-management system that underpins their water and wastewater treatment capability and associated supply and drainage networks in the UK.
Martyn Speight, Senior Specialist Assessor for Lloyd’s Register EMEA, presented the certificate to David Elliot, Wessex Water’s Director of Regulation and Assets, at the company's regional operations centre in Bath on May 16.
“We are very pleased to award Wessex Water this re-certification. During the assessment, Wessex Water was able to demonstrate that in the last three years they have continued to develop their robust asset management processes, which are aimed at providing a safe and reliable water and wastewater services to all their customers," Speight said. "We look forward to continuing to work with Wessex Water during the surveillance programme."
Wessex Water serves 2.7 million domestic and business customers in the south west of England, covering an area of some 10,000 sq kilometres. Asset management is the process of investing appropriately in the maintenance and enhancement of the assets in order to deliver best value service to its customers. The scope of the re-certification covers the 515 water and wastewater treatment assets owned and operated by Wessex Water, and consists of more than 28,500 km of water mains and sewers.
“Having good asset management systems is important to enable Wessex Water to continue maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction and its top performance position against regulated targets," Elliot said. Our performance achievement, and the way that it has been enhanced by working to PAS55 compliant practices, is recognised in feedback from the Wessex Water board. During the assessment we have been able to demonstrate how the ongoing development of our asset management systems are continuing to improve the way that we work and enhancing our customer service. We appreciate the external scrutiny we get from PAS 55 certification and value the comment and feedback given by the Lloyd’s Register assessors. Wessex Water looks forward to continuing the good working relationship with Lloyd’s Register during the ongoing accreditation period.”
Lloyd’s Register is an Institute of Asset Management Patron and carries out the assessment to the IAM PAS55 Endorsed Assessor criteria. Hence the presented certificate was endorsed with the IAM scheme logo.
PAS55 certification is applicable to organisations, such as Wessex Water, where physical assets are critical in achieving business goals and considers how conflicting priorities of utilisation and care are handled across the lifecycle of each asset. PAS 55 is rapidly becoming the global standard for asset management and Lloyd’s Register is an industry leader in certifying to that specification.
Photo: Martyn Speight (second left, Lloyd's Register) presenting the certificate to David Elliot (Wessex Water). Also shown, Neil Wilson (Head of Risk & Investement, Wessex Water) and John Hayes (Asset Manager, Wessex Water)